Tree Nanny baby-sits your Christmas tree to help make sure you don’t let it go dry.
The battery-operated device, formerly called the Smart Tree Keeper, straps to the tree trunk and monitors the water level in the tree stand. When it senses that the tree needs water, it plays Jingle Bells every 10 minutes to alert you.
A light sensor can tell when the tree lights are off, so the music won’t come on at night and wake you.
The Tree Nanny also includes clear plastic tubing and an unobtrusive funnel that can be hung from a branch at a comfortable height and used to refill the tree stand. A chime alerts you when the stand is full and keeps you from overfilling.
The product can be ordered at www.andMarcProducts.com. It costs $19.99 plus $4.95 shipping and handling.
ON THE SHELF
Breathing new life into old upholstered furniture can be a money saver, but only if you can do the work yourself.
Spruce shows you how.
In the book, author and upholstery shop owner Amanda Brown takes readers step by step through her work on six projects she undertook for her own home. Plenty of photos accompany the text.
By learning the techniques involved in those projects, a person would be prepared to make over any piece of upholstered furniture, Brown says.
She doesn’t claim upholstery is easy, but she believes the results can be worth all the effort and setbacks.
Spruce: A Step-By-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design is published by Storey Publishing. It sells for $35 in hardcover and is also available in e-book form.
Q: I liked the dish towels Montana Sapphire Flour used to give away when you sent in five coupons from the back of the package. I have many of them, and they’re finally wearing out. Do you know where I can find something similar?
A: I wasn’t able to get information on the towels from ConAgra, which bought the company that made Montana Sapphire Flour. However, I suspect what you’re describing are flour sack towels. They used to be made from cotton flour sacks and are still prized for their absorbency and durability.
A number of stores and online retailers sell flour sack towels, including Bed Bath & Beyond, Williams-Sonoma and Walmart. However, the quality can vary.